An Olympic champion has apologised after his curling team was thrown out of a Canadian tournament for being “extremely drunk”.
Ryan Fry, who won gold at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, was part of a team ejected from the Red Deer Curling Classic for what the World Curling Tour called “unsportsmanlike behaviour.”
After receiving numerous complaints from opponents and spectators, the tournament committee at the Pidherney Curling Centre was compelled to intervene, reported CBC Sports.
Canadian Fry and his team-mates Jamie Koe, Chris Schille, and DJ Kidby were booted out of the tour event and forced to forfeit their final match.
Wade Thurber, facility manager of the centre in Alberta, told CBC Sports: “They went out to curl and they were extremely drunk and breaking brooms and swearing and just unacceptable behaviour that nobody wants to watch or hear or listen to and it was just ‘enough was enough'”.
“There was some damage in the locker room and other teams complaining about their stuff being kicked around in the locker room.
“So at the end of the day, it was like ‘OK, that’s enough of this gong show. The committee… collectively decided that we needed to remove them.”
I want to express how sorry I am to everyone affected by my actions on Saturday. I never meant to offend anyone but that’s the result of a poor decision – I have to live with the consequences and will be taking every step needed to guarantee this never happens again. #notgivingup pic.twitter.com/3gnjkDam1W
— Ryan Fry (@ryanfry79) November 19, 2018
Fry, 40, who has offered to pay for the damages, issued a statement to CBC Sports, saying: “I would like to sincerely apologise to the fans, participants and organisers of the Red Deer Curling Classic.”
He also said sorry on Twitter, adding: “I allowed myself to lose control and I offended people with my actions. I wish nothing more than to apologise to everyone individually.”
His tweet included a quote from Idris Elba and promised he will be “taking every step needed to guarantee this never happens again”.
Koe posted an apology to Twitter, calling it “disrespectful” and a “lapse of judgement” that “contributed to an unpleasant experience for others”.
A notice placed on the main board of the arena made it clear that Koe’s team had been removed from the competition and all future events at the club.